Andrew Portka

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AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mr. Andrew J. Portka, 88, of Augusta, GA entered into eternal rest on Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center. A graveside service will be held at Hillcrest Memorial Park (2700 Deans Bridge Road) on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 3:00 PM, with military honors. Mr. Portka lived a robust life filled with seamanship, island construction, song, music and laughter. He will be truly missed by all who knew him. Mr. Portka was native of Jersey City, New Jersey before joining the US Navy Seabees in his teens. During his over 20 years of service, he proudly and honorably served in three wars; World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam. After retiring from the US Navy, Mr. Portka returned home and started and popular construction/ remodeling company that he successfully owned. During that time he was honored as hero for helping save survivors in fiery water after two tankers collided in New York harbor while he was fishing with some friends. Upon retiring for the second time, Mr. Portka moved to South Carolina, where late in life he met and wed widow Ms. Doris Chester Andrieni, the true love of his life. Being and accomplished accordion and harmonica player, he enjoyed entertaining seniors at churches and retirement centers. Andrew is survived by his wife of 26 years, Mrs. Doris Andrieni Portka, his son, Joseph Portka of Guam, his beloved 5 step-children, Mrs. Gayle Cicerrella of Cocoa FL, Dr. Julia Andrieni Phillips of Southborough, MA, Robert W. Andrieni of Augusta, GA, Frederick P. Andrieni of Atlanta, GA, the late Maire Andrieni Rogers, 3 step-grandchildren and 3 step-great-grandchildren. Please sign the guestbook and send condolences at: Platt's Funeral Home, 721 Crawford Avenue, Augusta, GA 30904, 706-733-3636.
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721 Crawford Avenue
Augusta, GA 30904
(706) 733-3636
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Published in The Augusta Chronicle on Jan. 1, 1900
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